04 December 2019
Much of life in Brisbane revolves around our car. Many of us travel to work in them, take the kids to school, or use cars as a way to view the beautiful surroundings on our doorstep here in Queensland's great south east. As your favourite mobile mechanic, we're excited to share with you 4 of our best car maintenance tips. We've seen all sorts of mechanical dramas - many of which can be easily prevented if car owners simply take a couple of extra minutes each week to check these car vital signs.
Checking your car's fluid levels
Take a moment each week to check your car's engine oil levels. Ensure your car is on level ground, the engine slightly warm and by using an old rag or reinforced tissue paper, remove the dipstick wipe clean and re-insert. After a couple of seconds, quickly pull the dipstick back out and read your car's engine oil levels. Oil residue should be indicated between the dipstick's markers, allowing you to know whether your engine oil is requiring topping up. Whilst you're there, check transmission, radiator and power steering levels too. Should you suspect any leakages, contact your mobile mechanic for prompt attention.
We've seen so many car owners simply fail to get out of the driveway thanks to a failed or weak battery. Check your battery's health once in a while. Should your car battery be without indicators or markers, contact your mobile mechanic to help provide you with a battery health check.
Ensuring your car's tyre pressures are maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations will reduce the possibility of unnecessary wear and tear, excessive fuel consumption and poor handling. If you don't have your own inflator at home, visit your local service station for a quick read. Contact your mobile mechanic if you suspect an air leak or excessive tyre damage.
Checking your car's brakes
Whilst many of us can easily get caught up in the pace everything, it's just as important to check on your car's ability to stop. You can check your car's brakes by looking through your wheel spokes and observing brake pad thickness. A general rule of thumb is noting that 1/4 of the pad is visible. If you see any less, contact your local mobile mechanic immediately. Also, listen out for any usual squeaking, rubbing or grinding sounds each time you depress the brake pedal. It may be a sign of brake failure.
With these simple yet crucial checks, you're on your way to reducing the risk of breakdowns for your vehicle in Brisbane. Whenever you need help on the road, at home or on-site, contact Stouch Auto and Mechanical for all your mobile mechanical needs on 1300 568 603.
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